While Coptic Christians get slaughtered by the dozen, New Zealand does nothing except retweet messages

As a mostly Christian nation, it makes sense for NZ to bring in refugees that are likely to integrate and uphold our Kiwi values, rather than refugees from the only religion that most likely to fail to integrate and refuse to uphold our laws that conflict with their traditions.

While you read this, Coptic Christians are being slaughtered in Egypt.

Egypt has declared three days of mourning on Sunday after a bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49.

Egypt’s state-run news agency Mena reported that 12 kilograms of TNT explosives were used in the attack. The majority of those killed were women and children.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.  

In a statement, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi encouraged Muslims and Coptic Christians to band together “to emerge victorious in the war against terrorism, which is the battle of all Egyptians”. He stressed that the government would be harsh in its response to the attack, one of the deadliest carried out against the religious minority in recent years.

Those who pray regularly at St Mark’s Cathedral described a system of security within the compound that appeared strong, but could be lax. “People who commit such acts do so with impunity,” said one man, declining to be named as he stood close to the blast site and held up a small wooden cross. “There are normally police on both entrances to the cathedral and to the chapel.” Asked whether everyone who entered the cathedral compound was searched, he answered: “Sometimes yes, sometimes no”.

As the death toll rose and nearby hospitals called for blood donations, there was grief and anger in the streets. Hundreds of people crowded outside the cathedral, including a large crowd of young men who made clear their complaints against conservative Muslim groups, Egypt’s ministry of the interior and even the president. “As long as any Egyptian blood is cheap, down with any president,” they chanted.

“You ask for our emotions? Look in there,” said one man, pointing at the angry crowd. “What do you expect us to feel? People were killed while they were praying. They didn’t even die in their homes,” he said.

This is not the first time and it is not the last time this will happen.

NZ should immediately step up and, with the support of our local NZ-based Coptic Christian community and congregations, offer refugee status to any Coptic Christian family wanting to come to safety in NZ. Our refugee spots are precious and highly valued. We should grant them wisely to those who will improve our country rather than seek to undermine it.

All MFat has done is retweet a message from the UNSC. That is all. There is no statement from our Ambassador in Egypt, nothing on Mfat’s Egypt page. There is also nothing on MFat’s media release page.

Meanwhile, the NZ Ambassador to Turkey has issued a statement strongly condemning terrorist attacks in Istanbul via Twitter.

Why the difference? Was it because we don’t care about Coptic Christians? Are Muslim deaths more valuable than Coptic Christians?

We suck up to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Palestine…and ignore countries and people who are far more compatible with New Zealand. We lecture Fiji on human rights but want free trade deals with Saudi Arabia.

Our double standards are there for all to see, and yet we portray we are fair dealers in the international world. We aren’t.


– The Guardian, Twitter



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